Real Villa Marianna, Jekyll Island Wedding: Katie & Bradley
This wedding was quintessentially everything perfect and beautiful about Southern Weddings — soft color palette, lush florals and gorgeous surroundings of a historic area. When we initially met with Katie and Bradley, it started with a tour of the historic villas and while initially they wanted Villa Ospo, we were able to show them the many possibilities of spreading their event around the Millionaire’s District– with a wedding ceremony at Hollybourne and a wedding reception at nearby Villa Marianna.
The day started off at the illustrious Jekyll Island Club Hotel. . .
What is so beautiful about this picture and had us all in tears is that this sweet gift was left by Bradley’s late mother for his wife on his wedding day. Cue. the. tears.
I love this detail shot that Tamara took because it brings out some of my favorite designs, art deco. Love the scallop texture in Katie’s wedges (a must if you are having your wedding outdoors, ladies!) as well as the art deco inspiration in her ring setting.
This first look was so beautiful. Bradley who is always so composed, calculated and direct was moved to tears when he saw Katie for the first time.
Friends make everything better.
Hollybourne has to be one of my favorite cottages in the historic district. The staircase to the front door is so beautiful and perfectly made for ceremonies.
Best shot ever.
A moment of silence for Tamara Gibson‘s amazing ability to capture light and love.
When we designed the wedding, we knew that Katie wanted something very classic and vintage. However, she still wanted it to be relaxed and fun. We created intimate seating with long estate tables adjacent to small rounds to make it feel like everyone was still sitting together. Lush florals were put in mercury compotes as a nod to the vintage elements, while we mixed metals for the candle holders. Since the entire event would be outdoors, soft cafe bulb lighting was overhead across the entire Villa Marianna lawn. Straton Hall worked their magic — literally making our sketches and style guide come alive!
This fountain is one of the reasons why Villa Marianna is one of my favorite places for weddings.
The other thing I love about Villa Mariana are its multiple locations. Initially, we designed the cake to sit atop the fountain on mirrored tiles, but moved it out to the lawn for better visibility.
We used one courtyard as Bradley’s cigar lounge and the other for the bar. Katie had custom cobalt blue glasses made for each guest to take home as a favor.
It was evident throughout the night how in love these two are. I love the way Bradley looks at Katie.
Special Touch: Hands down, Bradley’s mom leaving the bracelet for his future wife. Will never forget this.
Fun Moment: Bradley recruiting some of his friends to serenade Katie on the dance floor.
Unique Detail: Cigar lounge was a welcome treat for the guys.
Wedding Planning & Design: Cocktails & Details®
Florals: Straton Hall Events
Photography: Tamara Gibson Photography
Hair and Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty
Entertainment: Bradley’s Father
Catering and Wedding Cake: Straton Hall Events
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Hollybourne Cottage
Wedding Reception Venue: Villa Marianna